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  1. A’s should bail on Kouzmanoff, start LaRoche

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Now even his glove is letting him down: Kevin Kouzmanoff committed his fourth error in four games Tuesday, eclipsing his total from 2009 when he set a record for fielding percentage by a third baseman with three errors in 311 chances. But while that’s probably a fluke, Kouzmanoff’s atrocious hitting likely isn’t.  He’s opened this…

  2. Nevermind: Dallas Braden is starting tonight, as scheduled

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but apparently Braden is just fine and will start as scheduled tonight. This morning Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: I’ve just had it confirmed: Tyson Ross will come up to start tonight in place of Dallas Braden. And now she writes: For the record,…

  3. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has until June

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    One of the things I’ve been watching in the early going is who the scapegoat will be in Boston if things don’t turn around quick. The easy choice — and leader at the moment — is Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He fits for so many reasons. He’s more or less unproven. He’s been given a starting job more…

  4. Rangers close to signing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram the Rangers are close to signing outfielder Leonys Martin, who was declared a free agent last month after defecting from Cuba in 2010. No word yet on how much the Rangers would be shelling out sign the 23-year-old, but last year John Manuel of Baseball…

  5. The NCAA may rethink their preposterous rules regarding amateurs and agents

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    NCAA Logo

    I’ve written about this several times before, but let’s sum up: the NCAA has a rule on the book that serves no purpose other than to exploit kids. It’s the no-agents rule, which allows college baseball players to have an “advisor,” but prohibits the advisor from talking to professional teams. And that’s the case even…

  6. Giants activate closer Brian Wilson from the disabled list

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    As expected, Giants closer Brian Wilson and his beard have been activated from the disabled list after sitting out the first five games with a strained oblique muscle. He returns after being sidelined for the minimum 15 days, with the DL stint backdated to his last spring training appearance on March 23. To make room…

  7. Miguel Cabrera could lose his license today

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Down in Florida — and just about everywhere else — you lose your license for a year if you refuse a breath test when pulled over for a DUI.  Miguel Cabrera did that when he was pulled over at the beginning of spring training and today is the hearing that will determine if his license…

  8. Rockies put Ubaldo Jimenez on disabled list with finger injury

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez had hoped to avoid the disabled list after a cut in his right thumb cuticle caused problems gripping the ball in his Opening Day start, but today the Rockies put him on the shelf and called up Greg Reynolds to take his spot in the rotation. Reynolds, who lost the fifth starter competition…

  9. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Red Sox, Giants and Padres with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Kind of a new thing today: me talking to someone who isn’t Tiffany. I’ll get better at this eventually. For now: try not to mock my lack of conversation skills

  10. Casey Blake is batting second in return from disabled list

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Casey Blake is off the disabled list and in the Dodgers’ lineup for today’s game after beginning the season on the sidelines with a back injury suffered in the middle of spring training. Blake is starting at third base and batting second, and his return also means the Dodgers have shifted Juan Uribe to second…

  11. Bonds Trial Update: A charge is dismissed and the defense rests without calling a single witness

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The evidence portion of the Bonds trial is over. The prosecution rested yesterday, and this morning prosecutors dropped one of the charges: the one about whether Greg Anderson induced him “to take anything before the 2003 season.”  Prosecutors had been of the view that the charge could mean that Bonds took any kind of steroid…

  12. Erick Aybar is out of the lineup and headed for an MRI exam

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar leaping

    Erick Aybar is absent from the Angels’ lineup this afternoon for the third straight game and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the shortstop will undergo an MRI exam on his injured oblique muscle. Aybar originally suffered the injury Saturday while sliding. Maicer Izturis replaced him at shortstop Sunday and Tuesday, but…

  13. Rotation chaos: the Cubs place Andrew Cashner, Randy Wells on the DL

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Bad news from Wrigley: Cubs starter Andrew Cashner left the game yesterday with shoulder stiffness. Today the team revealed that he is suffering from a mild strain of his right rotator cuff.  We figured something would happen with him today. More surprising is that Randy Wells, who threw six innings of one-run ball in Monday’s win…

  14. Another Yankees scandal! Well, OK, maybe not.

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    B Train

    This is a weird story:  The Yankees have run “subway races” on their scoreboard for a few years now. Basically they’re the on-screen equivalent of the racing sausages or presidents or what have you. Lots of parks do it with various characters. Subways, dots, ducks, etc. Until this year, the three racing subways had always…

  15. Jon Garland “is on track to return as early as April 15″

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland has been sidelined since early March with a strained oblique muscle, but Owen Perkins of MLB.com reports that he could be cleared to join the Dodgers’ rotation “as early as April 15.” Before that happens he’ll need to avoid setbacks while throwing a bullpen session Friday and then making a minor-league rehab start…

  16. Kevin Mitchell gets probation for attacking a guy on a golf course

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Mitchell

    You may recall how, last fall, former Giants slugger Kevin Mitchell repeatedly punched a guy on a golf course after the man “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.”  Apparently that’s frowned upon in California, and Mitchell pleaded no contest to the charges in March.  Yesterday he was sentenced to three months probation and anger management classes.…

  17. Rays fans are already booing Manny Ramirez

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Ramirez watches a MLB spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles from the dugout in Sarasota

    Tampa Bay is 0-4, Manny Ramirez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts yesterday to make him 1-for-16 on the season, and Rays fans are already booing the 39-year-old designated hitter. Manager Joe Maddon described the situation as “very unfair” while adding that the fans should know “this man really cares” and “the last thing I want…

  18. Selig talks about the Wilpons, contraction, expanding the playoffs and more

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Bud Selig was on SiriusXM with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo yesterday, and he held forth in his usual Budly manner on the topics of the Mets financial situation, that contraction nonsense, realignment, expanded playoffs and the Barry Bonds trial.  The highlights: The most newsworthy thing of the interview was Bud’s statement that the Mets did not ask…

  19. Grady Sizemore “shooting for mid-April to late April” return

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    sizemore spring

    Grady Sizemore continued his comeback from microfracture knee surgery by going 0-for-4 while playing in a minor-league exhibition game against Ohio State yesterday. Sizemore, who has been sidelined since last May, is scheduled to take today off before heading to Double-A for the Eastern League season opener Thursday. Sizemore told Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland…

  20. Adam Dunn had an emergency appendectomy

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports that the procedure was a laproscopic appendectomy — which is far less-invasive than the slice-and-dice you got as a kid — and that the team estimates that Dunn will only be out up to five days. 9:55AM: Tough break for the White Sox as it’s being reported that Adam…

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